Mike Olivieri

Co-Owner

Mike Olivieri is co-owner of Velocity Sports. In addition, he is the President of Olivieri Contracting, Inc., a general contracting company he started in 2006 that specializes in retail and restaurant facility maintenance and remodels. Mike has worked with several clients across 29 states including Red Robin, Carter’s and OshKosh, Bravo, Giant Eagle, and Red Lobster.

When he is not working, he spends a lot of time with his two boys, Mikey and Joey. Due to their interest in sports, especially baseball, Mike has been a youth coach for several Jackson teams. He began coaching his oldest son at age six when he started playing T-ball, and continues to coach him today as Mikey pitches for one of Jackson’s travel teams. He has been an assistant coach for all of Joey’s youth baseball teams as well. He will continue to coach Joey as he makes his way into travel baseball as a middle infielder. In order to foster their love of the game, Mike has taken an active role as a parent and a coach; and he loves every minute of it.

Mike and his wife Amy live in Jackson Township with both of their boys and can usually be found on the baseball diamond from March through October. Most recently, you can find them at Velocity Sports with their boys.

Mike Grady

Co-Owner, Pitching Coach

Mike Grady has 10 years of experience teaching, coaching, and training pitchers. He currently works with over 100 pitchers of all ages each year through private and group classes and elite training classes for high school juniors and seniors.

Grady served as the pitching coach for the Malone University Pioneers from 2005-2009, during which time Malone’s hurlers experienced plenty of success, helping the squad break the school record for wins three times during Grady’s five years on the coaching staff.  The 2009 pitching staff ended the season with a team ERA of 3.07, which ranked #1 in the country in NAIA. Grady’s pitchers also set team records for shutouts (11) and saves in a season (18). In 5 years as pitching coach, his teams ranked first in the American Mideast Conference in ERA 3 times.

In the summer of 2010 and 2011, Grady served as the pitching coach for the Stark County Terriers of the Great Lakes Collegiate Baseball League. During this time, he coached 5 pitchers that went on to play professional baseball.

Grady played high school baseball at North Canton Hoover where he was a two-time All-Federal League pitcher.  After graduating in 2000, Grady played college baseball at NCAA Division III power Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a four-year letterman and was part of two NCAC Championships in 2001 and 2003.

In 2005, Grady played professionally for the Washington Wild Things under John Massarelli, who also currently serves on the Pioneer coaching staff.  As a relief pitcher, Grady posted a 3-2 record with two saves and a 3.67 earned run average in 26 appearances.

He currently resides in North Canton with his wife, Lesley, and their son, Michael, and daughter, Audrey.  In addition to his coaching duties, Grady also serves as a Business Management teacher at Hoover High School.

Troy Richeson

Batting Coach

Troy Richeson has 8 years experience coaching and training hitters and fielders.  Troy was the hitting coach for the Minerva Lions baseball team from 2008 – 2014.  As hitting coach, Troy coached multiple athletes that have gone on to play at the college level.

Troy played high school baseball for Minerva, where he was a first and second-team all NBC player.  He was inducted into the Minerva Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.  After graduating in 2004, he went on to play baseball for Malone University where he was a four-year letter winner and part of their NCCAA National Championship in 2006 and an American Mideast Conference Championship (AMC) in 2008.  At the time of his graduation, he was the career hit leader with 210.  He also was awarded first team all AMC player honors.

Troy is currently providing lessons at Velocity Sports in North Canton, Ohio.

He currently lives in Canton with his wife, Kellyn, and three sons, Clayton, Carson and Caleb.  He is also a 7th-grade math teacher at Minerva Middle School.

Jon Pusateri

Pitching Coach

Jon Pusateri is from from Randolph, Ohio. He went to Waterloo High School. As a three year varsity player was named an all-county player every year. His senior year he went 6-3, with 77 strikeouts and was named Waterloo’s MVP in 2010 after leading them to a district title. In his career at Waterloo he struck out 185 batters and was a standout in the classroom, totaling 11 academic-athlete awards, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society. After high school, Jon earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Akron. His freshman year he quickly worked his way into the starting rotation working to a 3-3 record with a 4.19 ERA. Sophomore year ended quickly due to a torn UCL. Jon underwent reconstructive surgery (Tommy John) performed by Dr. James Andrews. He returned to the mound his senior year and became the teams #1 starter with a record of 4-5 with a 2.58 ERA striking out 72 batters. After college, Jon signed a professional contract Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. In 35 games in relief, he finished the seasons with a 3.15 ERA and 58 strikeouts. Jon was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award for the Gateway Grizzlies Organization.

Austin Szink

Hitting and Catching Instructor

Austin is a graduate of Jackson High School and Walsh University. While at Walsh, Austin earned NCAA Division Two All-American Honors in 2017. He hit .352 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI’s, and 53 runs scored.  Austin also excelled at Jackson High School under Coach Bill Gamble. Austin will serve as an assistant coach at Walsh University in 2018 while he pursues his Master’s Degree in Education. He will begin the 2017 school year as a long-term substitute teacher in Math at Hoover High School.

Tabitha Murray

Softball Instructor (Hitting and Pitching)

Tabitha is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University where she excelled on the diamond as both a pitcher and a hitter. While at Balwin Wallace, Tabitha was named to the All-OAC team three times, including in 2014 when she hit .443 with 5 home runs and 23 RBI’s.  In addition, Tabitha holds a NCAA record of being the only pitcher to throw back to back perfect games, in the same day!

Tabitha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. In addition, she has a minor in athletic coaching.

Darren Ware

Baseball Instructor (Pitching and Hitting)

Coach Ware has 21 years of coaching experience, 14 of those years he has spent at the varsity level. Ware spent 6 seasons coaching in the North Canton Program. He also held coaching jobs at Jackson, Malvern and GlenOak. Ware helped dozens of players get to the next level and play college baseball. Ware also has been an instructor of pitching, hitting, and fielding for the last 21 years.

Ware is 1991 graduate of Holy Name High School where he pitched and played the infield. Ware received All Ohio Honors his senior year (1991), was selected Plain Dealer Pitcher of the Year as well as named to North Coast League First Team. Ware continued his playing career at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL under the legendary coach Bill Frazier. Ware then finished his college career at Walsh University playing for long time and current coach Tim Mead.  After a successful college playing career, Ware graduated from Walsh University in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Education.

As a coach, Ware has had several 20 win seasons and gives all the credit to his players who put in the work to become a better player, teammate, and person. His motto is simply “WORK WINS”.

Ware currently resides in North Canton with his wife, Molly, and their two children Brody and Tanner. In addition to becoming a new member of Velocity Sports, Ware also teaches Science at Malvern Middle School in the Brown Local School District.

Glen Richardson

Baseball Instructor (Pitching) and Current Texas Rangers MILB Pitcher

Glen joins the Velocity staff as a pitching instructor after returning home from his first season in professional baseball. Glen spent the summer of 2018 in Arizona Instructional League as a 1st year pro with the Texas Rangers, who selected Glen in the 29th round of the Major League Draft. 

Prior to his pro career, Glen was a dominating force on the mound at Sinclar College  He finished the 2017 season with a 5-0 record, carrying a 2.91 ERA. In 43 innings pitched, he struck out 65 batters and opponents hit .127 against him. Off the field, he has over a 3.6 GPA and has with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.

Glen pitched at Massillon Jackson High School where he was the ace of a team that posted a 29-1 overall record and was ranked #1 in the state of Ohio. On the mound, Glen posted a 7-0 record with a .19 ERA. Glen did not give up a run for 36 consecutive innings to start the season. He earned 1st team All-Federal League honors and 2nd Team All-Ohio honors in 2016.